Information for Parents
- Every family is assigned a social worker
- New parents participate in the Family Liaison Program
- Positive communication is supported through notebooks, email, newsletters and online platforms
- There are multiple parent groups offering different areas of focus including:
- Daily Routines
- Understanding Your Child’s Disability
- Understanding Autism
- Grandparent Group
- Transition Group Preschool to School Aged
- Professional Speakers such as speech pathologists, occupational therapists, etc.
Parent Counseling and Training is an important part of VCLC’s program and is available to all families.
What is Parent Counseling and Training?
The New York State Education Part 200 Regulations defines Parent Counseling and Training as: “assisting parents in understanding the special needs of their child; providing parents with information about child development; and helping parents to acquire the necessary skills that will allow them to support the implementation of their child’s individualized education program.”
It can be provided:
- For a couple
Parents should contact their social worker for additional information and/or to set up an appointment to discuss their needs and situation.
The Parent Liaison Project pairs families of newly admitted students with a social worker who can answer their questions and address their concerns. A social worker checks in with the family in May and then once again during the summer.
Throughout the school year, the Family Service department offers parent support groups to families enrolled in the school. Parents meet regularly with a social worker who facilitates discussions about raising a child with special needs
Parent support groups usually include four to eight sessions and may be during the day or in the evening. Families receive notices about these groups in their child’s back pack and/or through postings on the website and/or VCLC’s social media.
Contact your social worker for additional information.